Rough and Tumble Play

Dr Richard Fletcher leads the Fathers and Families Research Program at the University of Newcastle. Richard’s book ‘The Dad Factor‘ presents explanations of why a father’s involvement with his child, right from birth, is vitally important to the development of a child’s brain and emotional stability. Richard’s book discusses the value of ‘Rough and Tumble Play’. Research shows that there are many benefits of Father-Child rough and tumble play. View the video to hear Richard Fletcher’s presentation at the University of Newcastle and learn how rough and tumble play is good for children and dads too.


Ask the mum for tips

Ask your partner or ex-partner how the kids are coping with you being away, and how they like it when you spend time with them, and work on making any changes identified.


Live a balanced life

Be conscious of how the jobs you take effect the wellbeing of your family.